Free alarms help combat scooter thefts

Friday, 21 April 2017

The City of Mandurah WA Police and Bunnings have again joined forces to help local residents protect their motorised scooters from theft.

On Saturday, April 29 from 10am-noon, staff from the City and WA Police will be at Bunnings Mandurah offering free alarms for mopeds and scooters, and will also be fitting them free of charge. Free, anti-theft licence plate screws will also be available.

It’s hoped the alarms will help to reduce scooter theft in the area. According to WA Police figures for Western Australia, 784 scooters and mopeds were stolen during the 2015/16 financial year. This figure is a decrease on the 2012/13 financial year where 1263 scooters were stolen.

Since the City and WA Police started the program in 2013, close to 350 scooters have been fitted with alarms. The program was last offered in December last year.

Scooters are often seen as an easy target for theft as they are light weight and have a lack of anchor points for locking and securing.

The City of Mandurah received a grant from WA Police to purchase the scooter alarms, and have a limited number left to distribute to Mandurah scooter owners.

The Mandurah Scooter Alarm project is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to crime prevention and safety in the community. The aim of the project is to reduce scooter thefts in Mandurah and increase the community’s vigilance and awareness of good storage solutions for lightweight vehicles such as scooters and motorbikes.

At the fitting, applicants will need to provide a copy of their registration papers and their driver’s licence.

Those unable to make it on the day can contact the Community Safety team on 9550 3777 or safermandurah@mandurah.wa.gov.au.